Flying KLM with a peanut allergy is a breeze, but flying KLM with an almond or tree nut allergy is another story. Peanut allergy awareness/consciousness has taken airlines by storm as more and more airlines are eliminating peanuts from their onboard service. The trouble with this is airlines have to find another snack to replace the peanuts, which means pretzels or almonds now take centre stage. Great for peanut allergy folks, but not so great if you have other allergies such as tree nuts or sesame. KLM has gone peanut free, however they are not allergy free.
Before you fly with any airline, it is 100% recommended to check out their allergy policy. Before booking with KLM I read that they serve almonds on their flights, they are fully transparent about it. So it was up to me to decide if I would be comfortable knowing that all the passengers would be eating almonds at the same time. Since I am ok with people eating almonds around me, we decided to fly KLM.
How I handled a plane full of almond eaters
Knowing that people would be consuming almonds, I was able to prepare myself both mentally and physically. I super cleaned my space, covered my skin, and had a big scarf to cover my chair. The smell of the almonds was intense because they were smoked, but otherwise, it was ok. After the almonds were served they handed out wet toilettes for people to wipe their hands. How awesome, eh! This created a great sense of relief knowing that my contact with almonds was going to be further minimised.
Other allergen-containing food served on KLM
Honestly, the fact that KLM was so open with their allergy policy I was comfortable flying with them. The only other red flag that came up was they served ice cream as a snack, so if you have a contact dairy allergy, this may be something to look out for.
I did not eat anything that they provided; this is not a risk an allergy person should take. I did peak at the food, and although they do not include the ingredient list, they do provide an allergy warning for the top 14 allergens.
Even though they do serve tree nuts, I would fly with KLM again. Have you flown with them? I would love to know in the comments below or leave a review on Allergy Travels 😀
Kortney is your typical atopic triad who manages asthma, eczema and multiple food allergies. Kortney is a co-creator of the online community Allergy Travels and co-host of The Itch Podcast. She wants to spread joy in a community that can easily see the hard side of life with atopic disease and believes that you can have a full life with food allergies, it may just be lived a little differently!